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Winner: Pike Place Market
Tourists and residents alike understand that Pike Place Market is a city within the city, with something for every age. Old favorites — like Golden Age Collectables comics store and the Market Theater Gum Wall — are as much of a draw as the market’s stunning new section, MarketFront, which affords amazing views of Mount Rainier and the Seattle waterfront.
Fine art can be a hard sell to kids, but the Museum of Pop Culture, aka MoPop, is all about things kids already care about. Learn about pop stars, video games and filmmaking in an interactive environment that celebrates creative expression as a life-changing force, even when it also generates branded merchandise.
Built to host the 1962 World’s Fair, the nearly 60-year-old Seattle Center had it a bit rough in its middle age. But in recent years it has been transformed into a cultural center that draws families from all over to enjoy on-site museums, theaters, festivals and one of the region’s best playgrounds.
Last year, our readers were looking forward to the big reveal of the Space Needle renovation. The updated revolving restaurant and floor-to-ceiling glass viewing experience on the observation deck’s exterior perimeter clearly met expectations, because readers have voted the Space Needle a favorite tourist-in-my-own-town attraction again this year.
Few things are as iconic as a family outing to watch baseball. ParentMap readers say T-Mobile Park is a “great place to watch baseball!” So, buy some peanuts and Cracker Jack, and enjoy the views of Seattle’s downtown skyline, the sunset over the Sound and, of course, some Seattle Mariners game action.